Sometimes the only cure for the cold weather blues is setting fire to a few napkins in the back room of a ritzy Melbourne restaurant. Just joking, but seriously, how good’s a Tuesday night pint and parma special in front of an open fire? Bloody good. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favourite open fire venues in Melbourne.
New Zealand coffee connoisseurs, Allpress Roastery, have a Collingwood-based cafe and studio space which’ll give your body a good ol’ roasting, thanks to its powerful little wood-fired heater. Head East this weekend and put down a fiver, pull up a seat and take in the flames with a hawt cup of cawfee.
According to the crew at Bluebonnet Barbecue, the only way to fight the cool Melbourne evenings is with a serve of their epic smoked meats, a pint (or three) of craft beer and a seat in front of their roaring fire.
St Kilda doesn’t normally spring to mind as one of our city’s winter hotspots, however that’s probably because you’ve never lounged by the fire at Captain Baxter on the foreshore and watched the waves roll in through their floor-to-ceiling windows.
On the very same foreshore is Donovans, a fifteen year old dining institution famous for its fresh local produce, relaxed vibe and sandstone fireplaces. If you haven’t buried your butt in one of their comfy couches and worked up a bit of a sweat in front of the fire, you haven’t lived.
Dr. Morse Bar & Eatery
Head over to your favourite converted Abbotsford apothecary under Victoria Park Railway Station for a fiery Friday night this winter. Park yourself on an ottoman in front of their open fireplace and treat yourself to a shot of whiskey and one of the best value for money beef burgers in the goddamn city.
Get stuck into some hearty pub grub, live local music, cold beers and the comforting hug of a bare naked flame at one of Collingwood’s most welcoming and diversely frequented pubs. Forget your jacket because the fire’s hawt and the band room’s packed, in fact you’ll be hardpressed to find someone who’s not a little sweaty.
Looking for something a little bit ~fancy~? Prahran’s resident French gastropub, L’Hotel Gitan, serves up nek lvl dishes like three-pepper duck magret in addition to the promise of unrestrained heat from its in-house fireplace.
Marquis Of Lorne
This Fitzroy pub has been the beer-supplier of choice to locals for over 150 years, so you can rest assured the fireplaces are old and hot AF. Not only is there one in every room but the schnitzels are freaking huge.
Milton Wine Shop
Milton Wine Shop screeeams ‘Melbourne’ with its stripped back, exposed brick walls and pimped up, meat filled jaffles. If toasted sammies aren’t your thing, you can always opt for wine and cheese instead. And if toasty fireplaces aren’t your thing, then what the hellayoudoin reading this article.
O’Connell’s is Melbourne’s OG gastro joint. With a swanky yet comfortable interior, a three-course winter roast on offer and an open fireplace in the main dining room, this old fashioned South Melbourne pub is the place to warm up this winter.
The Grace Darling Hotel
The Grace Darling Hotel is Melbourne’s second oldest pub. With a ripper menu packed with classic pub staples and a dozen local drafts on tap, there’s no doubt why pub-goers have been packing the beer garden since 1854 (our money’s also on it having something to do with the pub’s two blazing fires).
The Local Taphouse
Back in St Kilda, yet another venue is claiming a top position in our coveted fireplace rankings. This European-style tavern is a draught-lovers paradise, with over 400 different beers rotating through the taps per year. In even better news, they’ve got an outdoor log fire heating their spacious rooftop beer garden and a second indoor fireplace keeping it cosy inside. That’s two reasons to visit The Local Taphouse.
The Napier Hotel
The Napier Hotel is is your stock-standard pub’s pub, ain’t nothing gastro about it. With walls dripping in memorabilia and a menu packed with parmas that could feed a whole family, the only thing this winter wonderland is missing is a roaring open fire in the corner of the room. Hold up-it’s got one of those too.
The Quiet Man
Head west to Racecourse Road in Flemington for a pint of Guinness served by a legit Irishman who’ll give you a wink and a nod and a lifetime of good fortune. And probably a whopping great serving of stew if you play your cards right. You can then enjoy it all in front of their toasty fire.
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